In CELAC, Ecuador, Human Rights/Derechos Humanos, Julian Assange, OAS/OEA, Politics, Press, Rafael Correa, US, Wikileaks on June 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm
Press in front of the Embassy of Ecuador in the UK
By Tom Hayden
MEXICO CITY – The leading Mexican paper La Jornada is strongly supporting asylum for Julian Assange in Ecuador, in a sign of Latin American sentiment against his extradition to Sweden or the United States. The conflict is portrayed as one between the Old World and new democratic norms embraced by much of the world. “Ecuador will require the solidarity of honorable governments and societies like ours, which benefitted from the work of Assange and his team, and have obtained by way of their “leaks,” an invaluable tool for public scrutiny and social control of the authorities and world powers” a June 20 editorial declared.
“Whatever response the Rafael Correa government gives Assange, the existence of a political refugee in contemporary Europe, the legal fury being directed against him by the authorities of two Old World countries, England and Sweden, and the silence of the Western powers in regard to this situation, demonstrates the hypocrisy and moral and political bankruptcy of governments that repeatedly claim to be champions of freedom, transparency, legality and respect for human rights”, the editorial went on.
“In this connection, it is worth mentioning that yesterday, while Assange was seeking political asylum at the Ecuador Embassy to avoid being extradited to Swedish territory, representatives of these powers attended the G-20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, where there was confirmation of their inability to come up with proposals for resolving the social and economic devastation that confronts their populations, particularly in European countries.”
In Ecuador, Julian Assange, Rafael Correa, US, Wikileaks on June 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm
There has been a petition out for over three hours requesting that President Rafael Correa of Ecuador grant Julian Assange politcal assylum.
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In Human Rights/Derechos Humanos, Latin America, Politics, US on June 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm
President of Ecuador Rafael Correa left. Founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange right. (all possible puns intended!)
By Tom Hayden
Originally published in The Nation
In what might escalate into a major setback for the US government, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has taken refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy in London and is seeking political asylum in that Latin American country. Relations between the US and most Latin American countries- and many others around the world- are sure to be aggravated if the White House reacts negatively or tries to block an Ecuadoran asylum decision. It seems inconceivable that Ecuador will simply turn Assange over to the US or UK authorities, setting the stage for a showdown with global repercussions.
President Rafael Correa is a progressive and populist economist who already has expelled a US military base from his country, survived an attempted coup and capture by right-wing military plotters, and expelled an American ambassador in 2011 based on WikiLeaks revelations. Last year an Ecuadoran court fined Chevron $8.6 billion for damage to the Amazon basin, a decision which Correa called ³the most important in the history of the country.² Correa also violated the tenets of US-imposed neoliberal policies by endorsing Venezuela and Bolivia in refusing debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund in 2008. In a preview of things to come, Correa and Assange participated in a televised question-and-answer session last month on the Russia-sponsored network RT. Moscow has been a strong supporter of Assange, with Vladimer Putin nominating the WikiLeaks founder for a Nobel prize.
US-aligned NGOs like Freedom House are attacking the Ecuadoran government for its attempts to contain private media corporations hostile to Correa¹s politics and domestic economic agenda. Correa generally is aligned with the left-bloc of Latin American countries, although he enjoys positive diplomatic relations across most of the continent. In an example of the mainstream media distortion of all things Latin American, Reuters recently described Correa as a critic of US ³imperialism² in quotation marks. Nevertheless, the US has leverage in Ecuador as the country¹s largest trading partner, but with China and Latin American partners rising.
For more information link to http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/07/us-ecuador-usa-factbox-idUSTRE7367M
For WikiLeaks cables on US-Ecuadoran relations, link to http://wikileaks.org/origin/65_0.html#